Sunday, July 27, 2008

Summer Reading

In preparing for surgery mid-June and not knowing how incapacitated I’d be afterwards or for how long, I gathered a pile of novels, mostly Christian, to read when my mind couldn’t handle more thought-provoking non-fiction. My intention was to write a short review after reading each one but I succeeded with the first two only. I was enjoying them so much I would pick up another as soon as one was finished. When I finally sat down to write, too much time had passed for me to remember the details of what had grabbed me in each book.

I’m still hoping to write about them but I also know my procrastination and memory so for now I’m simply going to list them for now with perhaps a few comments:

By Ted Dekker:
Black
Red
White
Thr3e
Obsessed
Showdown
Blink

Dekker writes in a number of styles—Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thrillers. Showdown, for instance is very reminiscent of Stephen King; Blink is a high-speed thriller that gives interesting insights into the Middle East with some sci-fi thrown in and Black, Red and White move between our world and another, each world affecting the other. Dekker’s books are not overtly Christian in the sense that you’d hardly know they were until near the end when you’re left with some heavy thoughts to ponder: “What is faith?” “What if Jesus presented himself to us and we thought he was the enemy instead of our Saviour?” “How powerful are words?” “Where is the line between good and evil?” A friend asked me which books to start with if she wants to read Dekker. Some of his books can stand alone, such as Obsessed and Blink but many are connected in one way or another to the Circle Trilogy: Black, Red, White, so I'd start with them.

By Bill Myers:
The Voice

What if scientists could record the voice of God spoken in the heavens? What would it look like? What would happen if that recording was played for others to hear?

By Davis Bunn:
My Soul to Keep

Bunn has for years been one of my favourite Christian novelists but at the moment I can't remember this book at all.

By Stephen Lawhead:
Byzantium

The improbable story of high adventure and endless action set in the 8th century, touching Ireland, Denmark, Russia, Constantinople and beyond. Vikings sail to Constantinople, looking for treasure beyond measure but can they find it? Can they utilize the “grab and dash” method so successful along the European coast? Can the young scholarly Irish monk captured by them keep himself useful enough to stay alive? How do these men from the wild north respond to civilization and Christianity as they pursue their goal of plundering a city covered in gold?

By Robert Ludlum:
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum


My husband and sons convinced me one evening to watch a movie with them—The Bourne Identity. I loved it! (Okay, so I like stories of espionage and covert operations.) Imagine my surprise when I discovered I had the book, unread, on a shelf in my bedroom! The book is nearly a different story from the movie and much better. I ordered the next two from the library. The second book is set in Hong Kong—a place where I spent a couple of summers, so I recognized many of the places and the culture. I found Ludlum’s books clean of gratuitous sex and foul language, focusing on a theme of justice and rightness. Another author has continued the series and I hope to read his stories as well. Can he do as well as Ludlum? I doubt it but they could be fun to read anyway.

By Joel C. Rosenberg:
The Last Jihad
The Last Days
The Ezekiel Option
The Copper Scroll
Dead Heat


I heard about this series from an online friend who works in a New Jersey Christian bookstore. Like the Left Behind series, these focus on end time events. Unlike LeHaye’s best-sellers, Rosenberg’s stories have a striking believability about them. Perhaps it’s because the author “has worked for some of the world’s most influential and provocative leaders, including Steve Forbes, former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and former Israeli deputy prime minister Natan Sharansky,” and has spent much time in the company of other high-rolling politicians and their advisors. What is most amazing is that the very events he described in his first book (terrorists flying a jet into an American city on a suicide mission) took place after the book was written. This happened with the second and third books as well. Some have called him a modern-day Nostradamus but he protests that he simply looks at current events through the lens of Scripture, which makes plain what is to happen “in the last days.” For the first time in over thirty years, I’m interested in studying end-time events and what the connection is between them and what has been and is happening in the Middle East.

I have more books to read and hope to share them with you as I finish them.

(To learn more of these books, you can find a link for each to Amazon.com in the sidebar under "Books--Fiction.")

1 comment:

Di said...

I LOVE Ted Dekker's books!!!!